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Scenarios as a warning: Limits to growth

Probably the most controversial and most famous scenario study published is the Limits to Growth report. It was published as a book in 1972 and presents scenarios, based on computer modelling, on the consequences of economic and population growth. The book was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and produced by […]

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Scenarios on contact with ETI

Scenarios are used for many different purposes and in all types of organisations. One of the most surprising and inspiring scenario studies I ever came across is the NASA & Pennsylvania State University study on whether contact with extra-terrestrials would benefit or harm humanity. The scenarios were published in 2011 […]

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Visionaries of the future: Robert Heinlein

Many experts see Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) as the father of modern social science fiction. Not only did he think about the technology and science of his time, his stories are also strongly influenced by world politics. Heinlein started out as a military (navy) man in his early twenties. He held the military […]

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Visionaries of the future: George Lucas

In a 1977 interview, George Lucas (1944) said ‘I would feel very good if someday they colonize Mars when I am ninety-three years old or whatever, and the leader of the first colony says: “I really did it because I was hoping there would be a Wookiee up here.’ With his Star Wars Saga, Lucas hoped […]

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Visionaries of the future: Jules Verne

Many consider Jules Verne (1828-1905)  ‘the father of science fiction’. In the 19th century, he saw innovations in technology and in his tales of adventure took those innovations to the next level. Whereas the characters in his book explore far off lands, space and even inner-earth, Verne himself can be seen as ‘an explorer […]

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Visionaries of the future: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (1797 -1851) made her debut as a writer in 1818 with the worldwide renowned novel Frankenstein. She became, according to experts, the first ever-true science fiction writer. Her story about Dr Frankenstein and his monster could be interpreted as a story of technology gone out of control. But she also asked […]

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